Document 250

A Bit of a Wally

Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


Anderson Casey's a bit of a wally
Wi' his accent from England that's ever so jolly
His curly fair heid and pink-and-white cheeks
And jings but he's wearing cord velvety breeks!

His collars is clean and his manners is fancy
So's that all the boys think he's a bit i'a Nancy.
When he first comes to school wi' his la-di-da ways
The lassies just giggle and look sidieways.

If the boys takes the mickey he walks off alone
His hands in his pockets, just kickin' a stone.
That was till last Thursday, when I went and said
Some wee slur on his Ma. And then he turns red,

Comes at me, a dervish, afore I could see
Two fists goin' like pistons, near massacrin' me.
Now none of us cross him for a fear he takes staw
And lands them, like me, a right sock on the jaw.

That's the wee tale of wir class's new chiel
As we took for an angel, and turned out a de'il
No we're a' tripping over wirsel's to become
Instead of tormentor, his very best chum.

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A Bit of a Wally


Text audience

General public
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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 198

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Author details

Author id 127
Forenames Anna
Surname Blair
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher/author
Place of birth Giffnock
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Business
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Business
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes